Bistro Romano
Bistro Romano

Bistro Romano

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bistroromano.com/
  • Phone: 2159258880x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday – Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday – Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Ricardo Rodriguez
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Bistro Romano provides off-site catering & theme parties for 25 to 2500.
  • Entertainment: Piano Bar Friday & Saturday; Mystery Dinner Theater Friday & Saturday - Must call 215-238-1313 for Mystery Theatre tickets.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Front and 2nd
  • Public Transit: Septa: 40 Bus, 57 Bus
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Parking Meters are free after 5pm on Wednesday nights . Discounted parking at Park America Garage at 215 Lombard Street: Sunday-Thursday $6, Friday and Saturday $15. Acquire parking pass from hostess.
A word from Bistro Romano
This Historic Landmark, nestled in an 18th century granary, will stimulate your senses with an ambiance of candlelight and casual elegance while creating an unforgettable dining experience. Wine Spectator Award for our wine list! Voted a “Best of Philly” Restaurant, guests enjoy Bistro Romano’s acclaimed Regional Italian Cuisine and rave of the award-winning Caesar Salad prepared tableside and the romantic underground wine cellar for two. Please call for Wine Cellar and Mystery Theatre reservations. We are now celebrating our 25th year! Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence (Two Glasses). Over 750 wine selections, including 20 by the glass.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Bistro Romano reviews from OpenTable diners
198 reviews since April 1 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (147)special occasion (115)neighborhood gem (106)notable wine list (78)fit for foodies (69)good for groups (42)late-night find (13)vibrant bar scene (11)hot spot (5)great for lunch (4)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (3)great for brunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Will be back again
    Ask43
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We have been going there for many years. Each time we were happy with the food and the service. We liked it so much so we booked our daughter's wedding rehearsal dinner there two years ago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The Caesar salad is tops in Philly. The gnocchi with duck ragout - the portion was tremendous and the gnocchi were so light and delicious; the ragout was very flavorful. I had the crispy duck entree; it was a tad dry but the accompaniments were very moist and delicious with provided a nice balance. The duck itself was delicious - nice and crispy. My wife had pollo ripieno and she said the flavors were delicious but again it was just a tad dry, it could have used some type of sauce or broth. Our waitress Rosie was excellent and attentive. The atmosphere was quite beautiful and stunning, yet still felt very friendly and casual. We really enjoyed our meal and even made friends with the next table over. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!!
    Tomas
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Took my girlfriend here on a Saturday night. The food was fantastic and the atmosphere was very rustic and romantic. Will absolutely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great little hidden gem
    PMPerformance
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We were looking for a decently priced dinner with good reviews in the city. This was the only place we saw that fit the bill and had great reviews. I put on my reservation we would prefer quiet/romantic seat and they gave us a great seat in the catacombs with rose petals on the table and lot candle. The service was excellent and very prompt. The food was incredible!!! I got a veal dish with mashed potatoes and broccoli Raab which was very tender and perfectly complimented with cheese. My wife got a chicken and pasta dish that was equally as amazing. All in all this was a perfect place to eat a great dinner at a great price without the city primium.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, food, and more!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Dined here with my family on a tourist trip to Philly. Meals were excellent, wine and beer choices were abundant, wait staff was attentive, and atmosphere (in the cellar of an historic building) was just what we were looking for. The bar on the main floor was unique. Would also be great for a romantic dinner- there's even a secluded table strewn with rose petals in the wine cellar. My daughter left her purse at the table and didn't realize until we were 2 hours away. The restaurant searched for, found, and mailed her purse to our home (completely intact). Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great first impression of Philly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Was traveling for work with my fiance, and we wanted to go somewhere nice for his birthday after flying in on a Tuesday evening. The old cellar feeling with the art and the spiral staircase really made an impression. The service was excellent, despite me screwing up my groupon redemption. It was hard to pick what to order but we both enjoyed perfectly portioned pasta dinners and even had room for desert, which does not usually happen. I definitely recommend walking around the area and the water front while you are before or after. My one complaint was that I wasn't a fan of the darkness/ orangish lighting. It is such a beautiful place more light would have allowed us to see it all better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NickVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Bistro Romano is special. From the greetings on arrival to the good byes....first class. Food is simply superb. Don't miss the Caesar salad...its special. Wine list is extensive. If you want to make a special romantic night of it.....reserve the wine cellar!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • RosinaVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Bistro Romano is a mainstay that is consistently excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • outstanding
    luv2eat
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Great ambiance. The food was outstanding. The service was very professional and accessible.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MichaelVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Not sure what they are thinking here. Overpriced for what you get and frankly the service is horrible. Somebody there needs to teach the servers about timing of courses. Took almost 40 minutes between appetizers and main course. Our glasses sat empty for most of the meal except of course for the wine which flowed steadily. We asked for a glass of "house cab" when the check came we learned that the "house cab" we had was $18 dollars a glass which we know is not correct. It is also way too dark in this place. The food is good but the portions are small. Very obvious that everything is over priced for what you get and the service is really lacking.
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  • Unique Atmosphere
    dinereview14
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We decided to dine at Bistro Romano based on the positive online reviews. Upon arrival we were seated right away and our waiter was very attentive. We sat in the main section of the dining area which was very nice. The atmosphere had a nice unique flavor that was casual and romantic. Live piano music could be heard from the bar area. The food was good, but in comparison to some of the other Philadelphia area restaurants it was not gourmet. The calamari appetizer and the variety of wines by the glass were disappointing. Bistro Romano was given several awards by Wine Spectator so I was surprised that they did not have a better selection of wines by the glass. The specialty cocktail drinks were very good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible
    Phillyfoodguy
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Top notch all the way around! Service, cuisine, drinks, everything is amazing. Truly a society hill gem.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic but select Italian dish!
    townsend
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The ambience and staff are outstanding !made reservations for six, but arrived early so that we could enjoy happy hour. Bartender was very accommodating but we were surprised that there weren't munchies for happy hour (pic was deceiving). We were offered two mini pates. We loved the romantic seating in cellar and our servers and bus sees. Wine list is extensive! Disappointed with our food choices should have opted for Italian dishes rather than duck ( I like it w apricot or cherry sauce for a tad sweeter taste) and got served filet in a bowl! Loved the table side Caesar. All in all the epitome of romantic atmosphere w excellent service but food didnot quite match expectations.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Groovypizza
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Awesome, this is the second time here and definitely not the last. Cannot disappoint anybody
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Ferhad
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The food and ambiance was amazing. I will def come back when I visit this city!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mehhhh
    Dilly
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I ordered two bottles of wine, they didn't have either which is not a problem, but each time it took 5-10 minutes for them to let me know. Sausage stuffed musroom was undercooked and my meal was pedestrian at best. They also own and operate a broken espresso machine which is great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ChrisC
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Celebrating my son's 35th birthday, table of 6. Great food and service. Really enjoyed the Caesar salad!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    CStab
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Food and service was great. Perfect for that future romantic date.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very romantic and great service
    Dinerman5
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I asked them to make the table romantic for my friend and I, and all I was expecting was a candlelight and some nice seating, but they went to full mile and even put rose petals all over the table. Food was just as delicious. The staff even remember that I was vegetarian and accommodated me properly. I'd deff recommend this place to friends.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    Brooklyngirl
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Good food and great service. I liked the idea of the ambience they're going for but need less plastic plants and a little sprucing up.
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  • great food , fair service
    Newjerseynana5
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    as always the food was fabulous, however, after many years dining at Bistro Romano, this was the first time the service was less than stellar. Started with the bar tender who apparently was new. made a good drink, but didn't offer us napkins finally gave us coasters. There were no seats at the bar due to a show that was performaning in the up stairs room. It was tiring standing at the bar waiting for our table. Our waiter in the dining room was nice but had to be reminded of foods we ordered, he gave us our salads first, then the soup which came as we were trying to eat.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • boatersdelight
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    the manager Anthony was very accommodating and gracious also our waiter Andrew couldn't do more for us. We will return with friends
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chicago Visiter, Amazing!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We chose this establisment because our hotel was down the street. We are from Chicago and are used to great italian food. This place is better then anything we have in Chicago. All home made and prices right. Spent $35 for 2.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great experience
    Trish
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We've been going to Bistro Romano for years, but it's not often since we need to travel into the city to do so. But if you happen to live nearby, go often. It's a wonderful place. It hits all the marks, and has provided consistent quality. They even have special event dinners and wine tastings which we plan to try and attend one of these days.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Different resturant on Sunday.
    SaintsFan1
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We have been to Bistro Romano many times over the last 10 to 12 years because we love the Restaurant, food, and service. However this past experience was the first on a Sunday night and least pleasurable and not worth the price. The Salad and food was generally not as good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Annie
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    In the many times I and companions have dined at Bistro Romano we have never had bad service or an unenjoyable food. I can not recommend it highly enough. The waitstaff are thoroughly trained and very knowledgeable. I continue to eat there and enjoy what this restaurant has to offer in superior food, admoshphere and waitstaff.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    sparta802
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Always delicious food, great service and atmosphere. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quaint setting, good food
    dabradVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Our server Roseann was very knowledgeable about the menu. She informed us the Gnocchi was homemade. It was in a duck ragu and very good. The restaurant setting and bar were unique. I would eat here again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    The gnocchi with Duck ragut is fantastic as is the house made caeser salad. We wil be back again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Great
    Jerzeyjoe
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    I've been coming here since the late 90s. I've eaten here more than any other restaurant in Philadelphia- or anywhere else. Bistro Romano is consistently great. Quality, freshness, portions are all superb. Try their seafood bisque if they have it. It's phenomenal! I'm especially fond of their red sauce. Bistro Romano is my favorite Italian restaurant- period!
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Summer Sizzling Dinner
    FunNiteVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Our party of 4 visited Bistro Romano on a Saturday night in June and selected the Summer Sizzling Menu. The food and service was excellent. We had an enjoyable night and would recommend this restaurant. On a side note, there was a private event being held on the main floor so the noise level was energetic.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    TerrificVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    What a terrific place. Start to finish, from being seated through dessert - a great dinner experience. Get the table side Caesar. Awesome. Terrific wine list and Bistro-specialty drinks. Well executed entrees and firing and delivery of multi courses was done just right. Even on a busy night we did not feel rushed. And the layout. Wow. A cool space. Like having dinner in a century old wine cellar, or an old European hideaway. Very cool. A bit pricey but not overly so. Worth it in any case. PS Be sure to view the wood structure over the bar on the main floor and ask about it. A neat story behind it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Neighborhood Spot
    Carol
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    In a City where "good" isn't good enough, Bistro Romano is really terrific. Great food and nice atmosphere. We go there frequently.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday
    JFlashV
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Celebrated my birthday (with a coupon for a free dinner, they send me one every year) with a quiet dinner for two. The food was excellent from appetizer to dessert. It was the best dinner I've had at any restaurant in a long time, and I eat out 4 or 5 times a month. It's a shame it's located in Philly which I generally avoid because of the local hostility to automobiles and severe lack of reasonably priced parking.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love this place!
    sparta802
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We've never been disappointed! Consistently delicious food and service, great candlelight atmosphere. Everything was perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Truly Best Caesar Salad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    My girlfriend and I took my mom here for her birthday because we always make fun of her for always getting a Caesar salad or something else simple like that wherever we go. I had read that Bistro Romano is known for having the best Caesar salad in the city, and people weren't wrong! The rest of the food was really great too, but every ingredient that the waiter put in the salad right next to the table stood out on its own so well. Our waiter himself was very accommodating as well: he had actually dished out the salad a little too generously to the first three of us, so he quickly made another whole salad for my dad to be fair. I would easily recommend this to anyone!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday night date night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    On Saturday we went to busy to Romano for the second time. The service was not nearly as good as our first visit. I had a fish entree which came with mussels. The odor smelled like the Atlantic ocean. I didn't send it back but the waiter didn't even question why my entire entree was basically untouched.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance
    fritzle123
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    First time visiting this restaurant. We went with friends. The bar area was fantastic and the restaurant downstairs was unique and quite pleasing. The service was excellent and everyone was very attentive. While the food was good, but it was expensive in relation to the amount that was served. We ordered two appetizers to split between four of us, and there was barely enough for everyone to get one bite of each. And don't forget that you have to pay to park - although the restaurant validates your parking ticket for the garage one block away, we still had to pay $18 (instead of the $25 that it would have been). Overall I thought it was good, but would probably opt to try other places in the area before returning here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and atmospher
    DaveM
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    My wife and I have dined at BR on 3 separate occasions. Each time the service was great and the food outstanding. From the appetizers, of course the Caesar's salad, entrees and dessert, everything is top notch. Would recommend to anyone looking for a nice place to have dinner with family our a significant other. 5 STARS!!
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • HappyDiner1VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Bistro Romano never disappoints. The service is unfailingly professional, the food well prepared and the selection of menu choices varied, with a very nice touch of having separate gluten free and other allergy-sensitive listings for certain items. The wine list is extensive and many varieties are available by the glass as well as by the bottle. There is often a pianist in the upstairs bar whose musical is audible - pleasantly so - in the lower level seating area. Successful for several decades and it is easy to see why - you don't go home hungry, the owner and staff care that you enjoy the food and the experience, the food is well prepared and served and the price range is reasonable. Always a pleasure to eat here.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.